Category Archives: Commentary

Hey freshmen, ever imagine changing things?

(First year Ohio University student Mike Petruccelli, center with first raised, was photographed by the Associated Press in his Propagandhi shirt while protesting George W. Bush’s inauguration in Washington D.C. on a January 2005 road trip organized by InterAct) By … Continue reading

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Responding to criticism of “Media bias demonstrates need for citizen journalism”

[Editor’s notes, 1/7/13 – Reaction to my February 2006 piece, “Media bias demonstrates need for citizen journalism,” was mixed. My criticism of the Athens News didn’t stop that newspaper’s senior reporter Jim Phillips from approaching me in person one day … Continue reading

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Don’t let President Bush hold our troops hostage to his agenda

By Damon Krane Thursday, November 17, 2005 The Athens News (Athens, Ohio) http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/article-15686-readers-forum-dont-let-president-bush-hold-our-troops-hostage-to-his-agenda.html *********************** The Athens Can’t Wait Coalition’s campaign against military recruitment is not about “blaming” recruiters, soldiers or even the politicians. It is about American citizens stepping up … Continue reading

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World Can’t Wait… for decent journalism

November 6, 2005 Extended version of a column published under the same title in the November 4, 2005 edition to The Post (Athens, Ohio) **************** Recently, local newspapers have published harsh criticism of the Athens Can’t Wait Coalition’s November 2 … Continue reading

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Don’t throw out the baby with the bong water: ‘From protest to resistance’ is a 1960’s lesson to remember

By Damon Krane April 14, 2005 The Post (Athens, Ohio) May 2005 The InterActivist (Athens, Ohio) *********************** As one member of InterAct, the group primarily responsible for last week’s die-in protest against the war on Iraq, I’d like to respond … Continue reading

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Pacifists should defend their views about anarchists with sound logic

By Damon Krane Monday, August 23, 2004 The Athens News http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/article-14789-pacifists-should-defend-their-views-about-anarchists-with-sound-logic.html ********************* Thanks to the annual North American Anarchist Convergence being held in Athens last weekend, an unusual amount of local newsprint has been devoted to two leftist political ideologies … Continue reading

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Weighing the human costs of war from a safe distance

By Damon Krane April 10, 2003 The Athens News http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/article-9758-iraqis-should-be-able-to-decide-if-they-will-sacrifice-their-lives.html ***************** Tim Ashe is puzzled that Iraqi casualties would cause Americans like me to oppose the U.S. war on Iraq (The NEWS, April 7). “In the grand scheme of things,” … Continue reading

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Support our troops: Keep actively opposing the war against Iraq

By Damon Krane Monday, March 31, 2003 The Athens News ****************** Having already spoken out against the war, Editor Terry Smith’s March 20 column expresses the hope that he’s been wrong all along. The hope is admirable, but the course … Continue reading

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Attack on anti-war cartoon illogical, fascistic

By Damon Krane March 11, 2003 Unpublished letter, submitted to The Post (Athens, Ohio) ******************** James Yerian, the writer of Monday’s “Iraqi Children Do Not Support Saddam,” is irate at The Post for publishing an anti-war cartoon by Mike Lukovich, … Continue reading

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Indie rockers of the world unite

You have nothing to lose but your stylish ball chain By Damon Krane Monday, November 18, 2002 The Post: weekly column (Athens, Ohio) (Also published in December 2000 by the now-defunct Akron, Ohio-based music webzine Bettawreckonize) *********************** I’m sure you’ve … Continue reading

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